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The Inordinately Strange Life of Dyce Sombre

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 4:30pm to 5:45pm

Mudd Center Mudd 050

The Inordinately Strange Life of Dyce Sombre

Faculty Book Talk by Michael Fisher, Robert S. Danforth Professor of History. Fisher's book, The Inordinately Strange Life of Dyce Sombre: Victorian Anglo-Indian MP and Chancery ‘Lunatic, examines the life of David Ochterlony Dyce Sombre (1808-1851). The descendant of German and French Catholic mercenaries, a Scots Presbyterian subaltern, and their secluded Indian wives, Dyce Sombre defied all classification in the North Indian principality where he grew up. He also lived as the adopted child of a Muslim courtesan, a woman who would transform herself into the wildly successful, Catholic ruler of a small, cosmopolitan kingdom. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Oberlin College Library.

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Speakers, Discussions


Administrative, Oberlin College Libraries


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Friends of Library

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(440) 775-8285

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